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How Jeb Bush’s health plan overhauls IT: 5 things to know

Jeb Bush, cousin of Athenahealth CEO Jonathan Bush, publishes his alternative to Obamacare this week, calling for an end to the Meaningful Use program, or as the proposal states “eliminating government mandates and penalties for healthcare providers who do not use government-approved electronic health records."

Statewide Patient Engagement Campaign Underway

Louisiana launches a statewide patient engagement campaign to teach its residents about the health IT tools at their disposal, such as patient portals and the state’s HIE.

AAFP Letter To Karen DeSalvo, MD

The American Academy of Family Physicians argues that ONC’s recent Interoperability Roadmap is not aggressive enough and fails to hold parties accountable for future delays or failures, noting “The AAFP helped create a standard for the exchange of clinical summaries in 2007 – the Continuity of Care Record. Eight years and billions of dollars later, our members and their practices continue to experience the dismal failure with the current certified EHR technology in supporting clinical summary exchange.”

23andMe Raises $115 Million in Series E Financing Led by Fidelity Management & Research Company

Personal genome testing vendor 23andMe raises a $115 million Series E on a $1.1 billion valuation. 23andMe nearly shut down in 2013, after the FDA shut its direct-to-consumer sales and marketing efforts down, but the company has pivoted and now generates its revenue supporting drug discovery.

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